(CNN) - Several House Democrats who voted against the health care overhaul earlier this year are now touting their “no” vote back home, but Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said the legislation is beneficial to the party's chances this November as a whole.
"I travel all over the country. I guess I've been in about 42 states, and most Democrats that I see on the trail are very proud of the accomplishment and they're talking about it," he said on CNN's “State of The Union” with Candy Crowley Sunday.
Perhaps the most striking example of a Democrat seeking to capitalize on his opposition to the measure came Friday, when Texas Rep. Chet Edwards launched a television ad touting the fact he “stood up” to President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on health care. The longtime congressman, once on Obama’s shortlist for a running mate, now faces an uphill battle for re-election in his conservative-leaning Texas district.
Washington (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee's up with a new website, which includes a new logo and slogan.
The DNC unveiled Democrats.Org Wednesday morning. The logo is a capitol D in light blue surrounded by a darker blue circle. The slogan is "CHANGE THAT MATTERS," which the party says highlights what they call their many accomplishments since President Barack Obama took over in the White House and Democrats expanded their majorities in Congress.
The site also includes an easier way for people to learn more about the Democratic lawmakers and candidates in their states and districts. DNC Chairman Tim Kaine is expected to give more details about the website when he speaks later Tuesday at an event at George Washington University in Washington.
The new website is part of a push by the party to try to help soften what could be blows to their majorities in the House and Senate in November's midterm elections.
Washington (CNN) – Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine plans to make what's being billed as a major announcement Wednesday about the future of the party, according to a Democratic source with knowledge of the speech.
The source tells CNN that Kaine will announce something that will excite Democrats across the country. Kaine's event comes as Democrats face the difficult task of holding onto their majorities in the House and Senate this November.
The speech, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at George Washington University, happens around the same time that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele kicks of a major bus tour in support of Republicans running in the midterm elections. But the source says that the timing of Kaine event was in the works well before the date of Steele's kickoff was announced.
Washington (CNN) – Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, kicked off the 2010 campaign season Wednesday morning in Pennsylvania, lambasting the Republican Party and Minority Leader John Boehner in a highly partisan speech.
Kaine's address stuck to a script likely to be repeated by Democratic office seekers all over the nation as the midterm elections approach, as he ticked off the legislative accomplishments of President Obama and the Democratically controlled Congress.
But Kaine did go after House Minority Leader John Boehner, saying he is already "measuring the drapes."
Washington (CNN) - Even as many pollsters predict sweeping gains for the Republican Party this November, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is striking an optimistic tone, saying the party's achievements over the last two years will resonate with voters.
"Is the climate tough? Sure it is, because too many people are hurting. But we think as the voters start making decisions about who they're going to vote for, they're making a choice. It's a choice between the Democratic Party, which has done heavy lifting to take an economy that was shrinking and get it back to growing," Kaine told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Anchor of "The Situation Room."
"We can't afford to go back and put the keys back into the hand of the party that ran us into this recession and this lost decade. I think voters will understand," he said.
Kaine will deliver a national address on Wednesday to kick off the 2010 fall mid-term election campaign season at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
(CNN) – As the summer begins to wind down, Republicans are criticizing Democrats over economic promises they made at the beginning of the season.
Democrats had dubbed it a recovery summer, but critics were taking aim at some economic indicators that didn't show much forward progress.
According to the critics, totaling the job losses from the summer months, a total of 283,000 jobs were lost during that period. GDP growth was only 1.6 percent in the last quarter, and existing home sales fell in July by 27 percent.
On "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace brought up these figures to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, who defended his party's record.
"There are still challenges out there. Too many people are hurting and we've got a long way to go," Kaine said.
Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, issued the following statement after the president's Oval Office address Tuesday night:
“The ongoing oil spill is nothing short of a catastrophe. It is a source of pain and suffering for Gulf Coast natives and wildlife alike, and it will have long-term consequences for the Gulf Coast environment and economy. Tonight, President Obama made it clear that his Administration is doing everything necessary to address the ongoing disaster in the Gulf, and that they will continue to do so. That message is in keeping with the President’s efforts to date and the message that he delivered to Gulf Coast business owners and workers earlier this week and in previous trips to the Gulf.
“The President’s commitment to the people of the Gulf Coast is unwavering. He is dedicated to ensuring that they are fully compensated for the short-term economic losses resulting from the spill, that they are empowered to return to their businesses and way of life as soon as possible, and that they suffer no long-term harm as a result of BP’s failings.
“In addition, the President is taking steps to prevent a catastrophe like this one from occurring ever again. The bold measures outlined in his address, from rooting out corruption and reinvigorating enforcement of the energy sector to jumpstarting the clean energy sector with a comprehensive energy and climate bill, are the basic ingredients of a sustainable future.
“The President has made it clear that America’s energy future should not be a partisan issue. In that spirit, I urge Republicans to join with Democrats in Congress to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation and take all necessary steps to assure that we have all of the tools that we will need to end the BP oil spill crisis, compensate spill victims, stave off major spills in the future, and chart a course toward energy security and sustainability.”
Washington (CNN) - Rand Paul backed out of his Sunday morning talk show appearance, but that didn't stop people from talking about him.
Paul, the Tea Party-backed eye doctor who won Kentucky's Republican Senate primary last week, cited exhaustion as well as a desire to put behind him controversy over his comments on the Civil Rights Act in deciding against a previously scheduled appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," according to host David Gregory.
Gregory also said Paul's spokesman issued a statement saying Paul wanted to avoid the "liberal bias" of the media.
Paul, the son of former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, has said he opposes racism but believes the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was too expansive in dictating that privately-owned businesses must serve all customers. He later said he supported the landmark legislation but continued to question what he called the excessive role of government in the lives of U.S. citizens.
Most fellow Republicans characterized the issue as a mistake by a rookie politician, but Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who is African-American and is trying to broaden the party's support among minorities, said it involved a personal philosophy that "got in the way of reality."
Washington (CNN) – Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine will appear Wednesday before the National Press Club to talk about this week’s primary elections and provide an overview of his party’s strategy heading into the 2010 midterms.
Kaine will talk about the DNC’s efforts to “turn out the vote this fall” and he will emphasize Democrat Mark Critz’s win in the Pennsylvania special election to fill the remainder of the late Rep. Jack Murtha’s seat, DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse tells CNN. Kaine is also expected to discuss Rand Paul’s win to become the Republican Senate nominee in Kentucky